Meet the Wellness Professional: Mark Klemm

Submitted a year ago
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Amy Fortier

Owner Baan Muay Thai

Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.  

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Mark Klemm - Gym Owner, Muay Thai and Boxing Coach, OCR Athlete


I am a professional Muay Thai fighter, Gym owner, and Endurance Event Athlete.

What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?

Don't quit.

How did you get to where you are now?

I was looking for something to get my aggression out and tried boxing. This led me to mixed martial arts and eventually to Muay Thai. This is where I found my true passion and while fighting as an amateur I helped teach classes to beginner students and worked for my gym membership. Fast forward years later I had my first professional bout and became head Muay Thai Instructor at a gym in Boston. I now own my own gym - Baan Muay Thai in Lebanon, NH. 

What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage? 

  • Breakfast: 4 eggs with Swiss and salsa
  • Snacks/sweets: lightly salted almonds, bananas and apples
  • Lunch: grilled chicken with rice and veggies, and lots of cucumbers
  • Dinner: fish, rice and broccoli
  • Beverage: water
What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?

Yama - cold bibimbap

You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?

Chocolate milk and beef jerky

What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?

I don't feel guilty doing anything. I work hard so everything is well deserved.

What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?

Set goals, train hard and exceed your goals.

What's your favorite quote or mantra?

"Take all this shaking and all this cold and harness it and turn it into aggression." - Navy Seal Buds Instructor

Who or what gives you inspiration?

My kids and the military.

What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?

That I believe in everybody more than they believe in themselves!

If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?

A heavy bag.

What's your favorite non-gym physical activity? 

Catching reptiles haha

What are your passions outside of your field?

My family.

What is your least favorite exercise? 

Lifting weights

What is your favorite exercise?


What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey? 

Mental toughness, your mind controls your body.
Where can people learn more about you?


Would you or your business like to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com 

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